acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ə-ˈklām \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.

2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming

2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb

The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting

Noun

Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now he’s in Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s moving, mysterious noir film Burning, which premiered to acclaim at Cannes this spring and subsequently played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Steven Yeun on his new film Burning and his hopes for post-Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood," 31 Oct. 2018 And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain Both Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain are acclaimed for their acting chops in dramas and action flicks alike, but that doesn't stop people from regularly confusing one for the other. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "16 Pairs of Celebrities Who Look Like Identical Twins," 3 Aug. 2018 The nearly 60-meter vehicle was widely acclaimed as the most advanced and powerful rocket of our time. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus," 24 July 2018 As the band became critically acclaimed by colleagues and critics through the 1990s and 2000s, even the Coup’s most dedicated fans didn’t know Riley had filmmaking aspirations. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Rapper Boots Riley finds his place behind camera with ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 30 June 2018 Also taking place June 5 is a taping of an episode of CMT’s acclaimed Crossroads concert series featuring Luke Combs and Leon Bridges, sponsored by Miller Lite. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "CMT Expands Nashville Footprint With Summer of Music Festival," 4 June 2018 Mad king Henry VI had been popularly acclaimed a saint, with miracles reported at the site of his modest grave in Chertsey Abbey, Surrey. Leanda De Lisle, Newsweek, "Did Richard III Kill the Princes in the Tower?," 13 July 2014 Donald Glover’s acclaimed Atlanta looks to be the frontrunner, though Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a nostalgic series about a female comedian in the 1950s, could ride its Golden Globes wins to victory. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here Are the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pistol Annies performed the tune live at the 2018 CMA Awards to wide acclaim; Blake did not attend the awards show. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Opens Up About the Meaning Behind Divorce Ballad 'Got My Name Changed Back'," 24 Nov. 2018 This year, two movies about conversion therapy have hit the big screen to critical acclaim. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "What Is Conversion Therapy?," 20 Nov. 2018 Telltale Games rose to prominence in 2012 after its first Walking Dead season launched to critical acclaim. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game [Updated]," 21 Sep. 2018 Beyoncé and Rihanna each graced a Vogue cover of their own: Beyoncé's highly buzzed-about American Vogue September cover was finally revealed Monday to much acclaim. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Black Women Are Dominating the Covers of 2018 September Issues," 7 Aug. 2018 The recipes would not come from any restaurants of international acclaim. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "Magnus Nilsson’s ‘The Nordic Baking Book’ is a Bible for Bakers," 12 Oct. 2018 The film, which officially hit theaters in the U.S. on Friday, has been receiving a surplus of positive acclaim from both audiences and critics alike. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Crazy Rich Asians Is Officially Opening-Weekend Box Office Gold," 19 Aug. 2018 Dillon has gained a considerable amount of acclaim for her work since those first books were published in 2014 and 2015. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Award-winning artist Julie Dillon is Kickstarting a book of gorgeous sci-fi and fantasy art," 29 July 2018 Banksy keeps his identity shrouded in mystery and has gained international acclaim for politically charged street art. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Banksy Buyer Plans to Keep Shredded Painting," 11 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'acclaim.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about acclaim

Statistics for acclaim

Last Updated

29 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for acclaim

The first known use of acclaim was in 1626

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for acclaim

acclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ə-ˈklām \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on acclaim

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for acclaim

Spanish Central: Translation of acclaim

Nglish: Translation of acclaim for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of acclaim for Arabic Speakers

Comments on acclaim

What made you want to look up acclaim? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!